We girls grow out our hair for various reasons, but the why isn’t as important as the how. Attitude is key as your hair grows. Expect some frustration and bad hair days. During your transformation, these five tips might help ease the pain.
Focus on the main reason you want to grow out your hair.
Want to grow out your bangs, change from a short, sassy style to longer, sexy locks, or are you ready for a blunt cut instead of lots of layers? Choose one main goal, share with your stylist and remember it each time you sit in that salon chair. Don’t get hung up by things that aren’t as important, especially if your stylist thinks you’re on target.
Search online for pictures of haircuts.
When I decide to change my hairstyle I look at dozens of pictures, save the ones I like in my Pinterest folder, and share them with my stylist via an iPhone app. It’s a good idea to have a few that you think your hair could look like in a few weeks, one or two you hope it will grow into at 90 days, and another with the final look. Be realistic and open to a few tweaks to each haircut based on her feedback.
Enjoy each stage of hair growth.
How many times have you tried to grow out your hair and given up because it is driving you nuts? My biggest mistake is trying to style my hair the same way I used to, or in a way I think it should go but won’t. Instead of giving up, embrace the idea of a slightly new style every few weeks. As hair grows it may lay against your head or neck a little differently than you hoped, but just accept that and don’t be tempted to cut it all off again. If your bottom layers are now flipping up, just go with it. Next week it may blow out differently.
Tuck, tame or tousle those longer locks.
When you feel like giving up most, experiment instead.
- Tuck one side behind your ear
- Pull your bangs out of your eyes, or sides away from your face with a cute clip
- Try out new hair products and gadgets
- Flat iron hair sections, roll up with Velcro rollers for five or ten minutes, and then shake loose into a sexy mess
- Try out a messy bun or ponytail
You’ll be amazed at the compliments you get, even though you think your hair is all wrong.
Get at least two extra weeks out of each hair trim.
You can’t quit the salon entirely until your hair has grown out, but it helps to spread out time between trims. Don’t set an appointment because you’re going crazy, because it is not true that your hair will grow faster if you cut it. That only helps your hair stylist’s bank account! Use a good conditioner and heat protectant as you live through at least eight weeks. Your hair won’t be any more frazzled by waiting, but you will notice the extra growth which will encourage you to stay the course.
By applying these five tips, suddenly, one day, you’ll go in for a hair trim and realize your hair has finally grown into the style you wanted. You’ll love it, and realize every challenging, growing-out stage was worth your patience!